Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Firefly Starts Terengganu-Singapore Flights July 14

June 10, 2009 19:43 PM

Firefly Starts Terengganu-Singapore Flights July 14

KUALA TERENGGANU, June 10 (Bernama)-- The economy and the tourist industry in the state will get a boost when low-cost carrier Firefly Sdn Bhd (Firefly) begins flights from here to Singapore on July 14.

Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said there would be three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

"With the flights more tourists will come to Kuala Terengganu. Before going to the islands or lakes they could spend money here and this will increase income of businesses and boost Terengganu's economy," he said at a briefing by Firefly by its managing director Eddy Leong here Wednesday.

Ahmad said each flight could carry 70 passengers, took 20 minutes and the fare was RM88 one-way.

He said the state government would provide subsidies to the carrier including passenger tax, landing tax and parking tax in efforts to encourage more outgoing flights.

"We have plans for Terengganu-Guangzhou, China flights," he said.

Leong said for the cheap fare passengers have to make bookings 30 days in advance as the normal Kuala Terengganu-Singapore fare was RM120.

Last year, Terengganu received 3.5 million tourists most of them from Singapore.

ECER Projects To Spur Mersing's Development

ECER Projects To Spur Mersing's Development

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 (Bernama) -- Mersing will be developed as a tourism destination and gateway to the Mersing group of islands under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) master plan.

In a statement today, the ECER Development Council's chief executive officer, Datuk Jebasingam Issace John said five projects had been identified under the ECER master plan and which are expected to stimulate Mersing's economy by 2020.

He said, according to the ECER master plan, Mersing had great potential for ecotourism, mainland coastal tourism and island tourism.

"To increase entrepreneurial opportunities, several social and human capital development initiatives will be introduced. These ECER projects are interrelated and will enhance the region's dynamism," he said.

Mersing's coastal area will be transformed into an integrated tourism destination through the development of coastal resorts and hotels, a new commercial business area as well as a jetty complex for island hopping activities.

The project will involve land reclamation of about 2,000 acres on the seafront side of Mersing Town, to be developed as an integrated resort featuring waterfront homes, hotels as well as a new commercial and business area.

A new jetty complex has also been proposed to house a passenger ferry jetty, a fishing jetty and a marina.

Mersing town,the established gateway for the Mersing group of islands as well as Pulau Tioman in Pahang, boasts of many attractive, unspoiled beaches along its coastline.

It is also the main ecotourism gateway for the Endau Rompin National Park.